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A special telephone Morgan Poll over two nights in late April 2010 finds:

These are the main findings of a telephone Morgan Poll of 555 electors conducted over the two nights of May 4/5, 2010 throughout Australia.

Taxation, including Lower Taxes and Tax Reform 22% (up 8% since October 2007) is clearly the most important issue that the Federal Government could address that would most benefit electors and their families according to a special pre-Budget telephone Morgan Poll.

Health 18% (down 9%) ranks as the next highest concern ahead of Social Welfare and the Aged 13% (up 1% since October 2007) ahead of Education 10% (down 6% since October 2007),  and interest rates 8% (up 1% since October 2007) following 6 interest rate rises from 3% to 4.5% since October 2009.

Superannuation/Self Funded Retirees (6%) is the biggest growth issue in the minds of electors aside from Tax. Concern for the Environment 4% (down 1%) was slightly softer ahead of an upcoming Federal Election.

Analysis of issues by Voting Intention shows remarkable similarity across ALP and L-NP voters. Although Taxation is mentioned by more L-NP voters than ALP voters (25% cf. 22%) even among ALP voters Taxation tops the list.

ALP voters are more concerned about the Environment than L-NP (4% cf. 1%), while L-NP voters are more concerned about economic and financial matters — including a call for the Government to stop wasting taxpayer’s money.

Gary Morgan says:

“Despite the Government’s announcements about proposed taxation changes, Taxation topped the list of issues electors say the Government could do to be of most benefit to them and their families (22%) ahead of Health (18%), Social welfare and the Aged (13%), Interest rates (8%) and Superannuation (6%).

"These were electors’ priorities even before the drop in the sharemarket and Australian dollar, and well before the full impact of the Government’s Mining “Super Profits” Tax had been understood and felt.

An Australia-wide cross-section of electors was asked: “Thinking about YOURSELF.  What could the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT do, that would MOST BENEFIT YOU and YOUR FAMILY?"

These are the main findings of a telephone Morgan Poll of 555 electors conducted over the two nights of May 4/5, 2010 throughout Australia.


What could the Federal Government do that would be of most benefit to you and your family?

Electors were then asked: “Thinking about YOURSELF.  What could the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT do, that would MOST BENEFIT YOU and YOUR FAMILY?"

Overall, Taxation (22%) is the most important issue for electors that the Federal Government could do that would most benefit electors and their families.

Looking across party lines, Taxation is the top issue for supporters of both major parties — the ALP (22%) and L-NP (25%).

Other important issues forALP supporters include Health (19%), Social welfare and the Aged (14%), Education (10%), Interest rates (9%) and Superannuation/ Self-funded retirees (6%). Perhaps surprisingly, only 4% of ALP supporters nominated the Environment, equal with Transport/ Roads (4%).

Important issues for L-NP supporters included Health (18%), Social welfare and the Aged (13%), Education (12%), Interest rates (9%) and Industry & Business (9%), and Quality of Government, Stop/ Reduce spending/ Wasting Tax Payer’s money  and Family issues (All 5%).

 

What could the Federal Government do that would be of most benefit to you and your family?

ANALYSIS BY YEAR

 

All Electors

 

Jul

Jul

Nov

Feb

Nov

Mar

Oct

Dec

May

May

May

Oct

May

Summary Issues

‘94

‘95

‘95

‘99

‘99

'01

'01

'02

'03

‘04

‘07

‘07

‘10

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Taxation/Lower taxes

n/a

n/a

n/a

18

15

12

13

15

26

25

15

11

15

Tax reform

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

*

5

4

6

5

5

1

1

3

Taxation/no GST

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

3

8

12

3

3

3

2

1

1

Mining Taxes

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Other taxation issues

n/a

n/a

n/a

4

8

*

3

4

1

1

2

1

3

Total Taxation

26

25

25

29

26

25

30

25

34

32

18

14

22

Health

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

16

13

12

26

17

Medicare/Bulk billing

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

7

2

*

1

1

Private health insurance

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

2

*

*

1

Total Health

8

9

8

10

12

7

10

12

22

16

12

27

18

Social welfare and the Aged

11

11

11

9

11

13

12

13

10

13

11

12

13

Education

6

6

6

5

9

9

13

8

13

12

9

16

10

Interest rates

3

5

7

1

1

2

1

*

*

3

2

7

8

Superannuation/Self-funded retirees

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

4

1

1

6

Environment

1

2

1

1

*

1

1

1

3

3

7

5

4

Carbon Trading, ETS, Carbon Price

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Total Environment

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

5

Industry and Business

4

5

4

1

2

3

1

2

3

2

2

2

4

Housing affordability

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2

2

3

5

4

Transport/Roads

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

4

4

Quality of Govt./Politicians

1

2

3

1

2

3

2

2

1

2

2

1

3

Economy and Finance

6

8

9

4

4

6

3

3

2

1

2

1

3

Family issues

2

1

2

3

2

3

3

3

1

3

2

2

3

Stop/Reduce spending/Wasting Tax Payer's money

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

Limit immigration

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

*

*

*

1

1

2

Reduce cost of living

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2

2

2

1

2

Unemployment

9

8

7

6

8

5

5

3

2

3

1

1

2

Child and youth services

5

3

4

1

2

2

2

3

2

2

4

4

2

Increase wages

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

5

1

3

2

Work conditions/IR

4

4

4

1

3

5

4

3

1

*

4

3

1

Petrol prices

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

2

4

2

1

Paid Maternity Leave

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1

Law and order

1

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

*

Trade and Foreign policy

*

2

1

1

1

*

*

1

-

1

2

1

*

Equality

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

*

*

-

1

*

*

Water supply/Management

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

2

*

Defence/National security

*

*

*

*

*

1

1

2

1

*

1

1

-

Aborigines

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

*

*

-

1

*

-

Other

4

3

3

7

2

3

3

3

7

6

*

1

1

Total mentioned an issue

81

78

80

84

79

81

80

78

88

89

71

85

85

Nothing/Can't say

19

22

20

16

21

19

20

22

12

11

29

15

15

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

# Results from sample sizes less than 50 should be treated with caution  

Not mentioned. * Less than 1%. n/a Not available. Percentages add to more than 100% as some electors gave multiple answers.

 

What could the Federal Government do that would be of most benefit to you and your family?

ANALYSIS BY VOTING INTENTION

 

Analysis by Federal Voting Intention

Summary Issues

Total

ALP

L-NP

 

%

%

%

Taxation/Lower taxes

15

16

19

Tax reform

3

4

3

Taxation/no GST

1

1

1

Mining Taxes

1

1

2

Other taxation issues

3

2

4

Total Taxation

22

22

25

Health

17

18

17

Medicare/Bulk billing

1

1

1

Private health insurance

1

1

1

Total Health

18

19

18

Social welfare and the Aged

13

14

13

Education

10

10

12

Interest rates

8

9

9

Superannuation/Self-funded retirees

6

6

6

Environment

4

3

1

Carbon Trading, ETS, Carbon Price

1

1

-

Total Environment

5

4

1

Industry and Business

4

1

9

Housing affordability

4

3

4

Transport/Roads

4

4

3

Economy and Finance

3

1

4

Quality of Govt./Politicians

3

2

5

Stop/ Reduce spending/Wasting Tax Payer's money

3

1

5

Family issues

3

1

5

Child and youth services

2

2

3

Increase wages

2

1

1

Unemployment

2

2

2

Limit immigration

2

1

2

Reduce cost of living

2

1

2

Electricity costs/prices

2

1

2

Work conditions/IR

1

1

1

Petrol prices

1

1

1

Paid Maternity Leave

1

1

1

Increase payments for disabled

1

1

1

Give out more money/stimulus

1

1

1

Water supply/Management

*

*

*

Law and order

*

-

1

Equality

*

-

1

Other

15

12

14

Total mentioned an issue

86

84

90

Nothing/Can't say

14

16

10

Total

100

100

100

# Results from sample sizes less than 50 should be treated with caution  

Not mentioned. * Less than 1% . n/a Not available. Percentages add to more than 100% as some electors gave multiple answers.

 

 

 

For further information:

 

Michele Levine:      Office +61 3 9224 5215   Mobile +61 411 129 093

Gary Morgan:          Office +61 3 9224 5213   Mobile +61 411 129 094

 

The Morgan Poll is conducted by the ONLY Australian and New Zealand member of the Gallup International Association.

No other public opinion poll taken in Australia or New Zealand has this qualification.